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3 drawbacks of supervised visitation you should consider

On Behalf of | May 16, 2024 | Child Custody |

When marriage can no longer work and you have to part ways with your partner, your child’s best interests remain a major priority. One of the ways to maintain parent-child relationships in such situations is through supervised visitation.

While it helps ensure the safety and well-being of the child during interactions with the non-custodial parent, supervised visitation also presents several drawbacks that should be considered, including the following.

1. Lack of privacy and autonomy

The presence of a third-party supervisor or the need to visit a designated facility can significantly diminish the privacy and autonomy of both the parent and the child during supervised visitation sessions. This lack of privacy may inhibit natural interactions and hinder the development of a genuine parent-child bond. The constant oversight and intrusion into personal matters can make it challenging for the parent to establish authority and build trust with the child.

2. Emotional toll on the child

Having to meet their non-custodial parent under supervised conditions can be emotionally distressing for the child. It serves as a constant reminder of the family’s fractured state and may evoke feelings of confusion, sadness or even guilt. The child may struggle to understand why their interactions with one of their parents require monitoring or supervision, leading to feelings of insecurity or anxiety about the stability of their relationship. Moreover, witnessing the supervised parent’s limitations or struggles during the visits can be emotionally challenging and may impact the child’s perception of that parent’s role in their life.

3. Logistical challenges

Coordinating visitation schedules with the availability of the visitation center or supervisor, especially if there are limited time slots or availability, can be challenging and may result in infrequent or irregular visits. This inconsistency can disrupt the parent-child relationship and make it difficult for the child to maintain a sense of continuity and stability.

When considering supervised visitation, it is important to get legal guidance to help ensure you understand all your rights and obligations, as well as to explore alternative options that may better serve the needs of both you and your child.


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